EXASPERATED Kinson residents say drug dealers visit the area more often than an ice cream van - with three drop-offs to desperate addicts every day.

Those living in Gillam Road and Western Avenue claim they face constant problems with drugs.

Scores of families live in the area.

One woman, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Echo: “You see it all the time - it’s almost become a normal, everyday thing.

“The dealers come along three times a day - once at 10am, once at around 3pm or 3.30pm, and then once after that.

“All the addicts stand in a circle and the dealers drive a car around, lean out of the window and drop off packages of drugs.

“It’s so obvious, anyone would notice it.

“They’re more regular than the ice cream van around here.”

The problem in the area is so widespread that the local shop often runs out of rolls of tin foil, it has been reported.  Foil is used by heroin addicts to heat up the drug.

The woman said: “I grew up here, and I know everyone - these people aren’t from Kinson.

“The worst bit of the day is when everyone’s bringing their children home from school and addicts are all meeting up to score.

“We report it to the police all the time, but we’ve been told they want to go after the top dealers rather than the people dealing on the streets.  “That’s all well and good, but it’s a massive problem every day for us.”

Bournemouth North Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Kewley urged anyone who sees drug dealing to contact police.  “We will always encourage members of the community to report any concerns concerning drug related activity to police and will make every effort to act on information received,” he said.

“The local neighbourhood policing team works closely with the community to identify areas of particular concern and where to target our patrols and resources most effectively.  “Anyone with information is urged to contact Dorset Police on 101.  “If you witness a crime in progress dial 999 immediately.”